Gum disease affects many adults each year and the beginning stages of this condition, symptoms can be easily overlooked. By scheduling regular dental check-ups, your dentist can catch early signs of gum disease and recommend treatment right away. If left untreated, gum disease can worsen and lead to loose teeth, receding gums and eventually tooth loss. If you are in need of gum disease therapy in New Milford, CT, call our office to get dental care you can count on!
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also referred to as periodontitis, is a serious gum infection that can cause harm to the gums, teeth and jawbone. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and also affect your overall health as it is a risk factor for heart and lung diseases. Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, causing much damage to your smile as bacteria can destroy the sensitive tooth roots. Bacteria gets trapped in the pockets between your gums and teeth and must be removed for healing to begin. Gum disease can be treated, however. Depending on the level of your gum disease, your dentist can recommend the best treatment for reversing your symptoms.
Symptoms Of Gum Disease
The beginning stage of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. Typically, early symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen and tender gums. As gum disease worsens, you may experience symptoms including receding gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, toothache or loose teeth. If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, our team can examine your gums and give you the best recommendations for your smile.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a treatment that helps the gums reattach to the teeth. The treatment includes cleaning all of the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. Your dentist will make sure the gums are thoroughly cleaned before smoothing out your teeth roots. Scaling and root planing is very effective in treating gum disease and can help reverse the symptoms you are experiencing.